Loose Balls: The Short, Wild Life of the American Basketball Association by Terry PlutoWhat makes LOOSE BALLS great is that the ABA is the last great American myth. There is little to no evidence of if any of the stories it engendered are true, but the book lives up to its strange, yet engaging legacy of being both the epitome of what the 1970s were about (afros, free spirited excess, drugs, guns) and the birth of contemporary, fast-flowing basketball.
I didnt know the ABA all that well before getting into LOOSE BALLS, but the oral history structure of the book was perfect to get me introduced and become familiar with some of its key names such as Mike Storen, Carl Scheer, Joe Mullaney, Larry Brown, Dick Tinkham, Bob Bass, Slick Leonard, etc. Not sure who among these guys is still alive, but let me tell you something: they will all live forever because the ABA was the most media-friendly thing in a world where they was no media to cover it and therefore it has found its place in our common imaginary.
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He played for Coach Wooden for the next 3 years, and during that time they developed a friendship that would last for the next 50 years. Written by Kareem, this book details the many life lessons he picked up from Coach Wooden that shaped him into the man he is today. There are many personal stories from Coach Wooden which are linked back to the main leadership qualities spoken about towards the start of the book. Another fantastic Wooden book. Another leadership-focused book from Coach K, who is the head coach at Duke University. With the right coaching, players can learn lessons that will serve them well throughout life. The question of whether that was a good or bad rule change is the topic of this book.
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The American Basketball Association was as an upstart professional league which lasted 9 years before eventually merging with the NBA in The lack of a strong written or video record meant that Pluto wisely chose to write an oral history detailing the often contradictory but always entertaining memories of the key characters in the ABA story. Key decisions such as the use of a red-white-and-blue ball and the introduction of a 3 point shot were made on whim rather than being part of a grand design. The book is exceptionally funny because the characters involved and the shenanigans they got up to funny, bizarre and entertaining. The story is a wild ride of crazy characters, marketing stunts and, importantly, some very good basketball players.